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Letter ReferenceLetters/489
Epistolary Type
Letter Date12 October 1910
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToLouie Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 295
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When Cronwright-Schreiner prepared The Letters of Olive Schreiner, with few exceptions he then destroyed her originals. However, some people gave him copies and kept the originals or demanded the return of these; and when actual Schreiner letters can be compared with his versions, his have omissions, distortions and bowdlerisations. Where Schreiner originals have survived, these will be found in the relevant collections across the OSLO website. There is however a residue of some 587 items in The Letters for which no originals are extant. They are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to Schreiners actual letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1To Miss Louie Ellis.
2De Aar, 12th Oct.
4... I wish often it were possible for me just once to visit England
5again so that I could see my friends and take up the threads of their
6lives again and understand all about them. Has Havelock changed much?
7I can't bear to think of his growing old. As I grow older I cling more
8and more to the friends of my youth. When I was young I used to say I
9felt mostly that my nature needed to give love and help to others; I
10seemed to care less than other people for receiving it; but now I feel
11so grateful for every tiniest little bit of love anyone gives me.